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2014-05-29 at 15:18

City to begin compost giveaway Friday

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THUNDER BAY - The city will be giving away compost to residents starting Friday.

The City of Thunder Bay officially announced the compost giveaway Thursday in a news release. Residents will be able to pick up compost just east of the old landfill entrance on John Street Road.

The compost giveaway runs from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, you can read the city’s news release in its entirety below.

Compost Giveaway to Residents

May 29, 2014 – Compost will be available beginning on Friday, May 30, to Thunder Bay residents at no charge; weather permitting and while quantities last.

The pick-up area is located just east of the old landfill entrance on John Street Road. Hours of operation at the compost pick-up area are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Residents can drive in and take home free compost ideal for landscaping, flower beds and lawns. The compost is not suitable for use in vegetable gardens.

Residents bringing garbage, recycling and/or hazardous household waste must dispose of these items at the Solid Waste & Recycling Facility on Mapleward Road before visiting the special compost pick-up area. Remember to sort and secure your load and always use the appropriate laydown areas. The compost pick-up area is accessible from John Street Road only.

“The leaves and organic garden waste dropped off at the compost laydown area at the landfill have been blended with organic waste collected at the curb during spring and fall collections,” said Jason Sherband, Coordinator Solid Waste Diversion and Recycling – Roads Division. “The compost this spring is high quality, well-aged and screened – and it’s free.”

Residents are advised to bring a shovel and bags or containers to carry their compost home. Quantities limited to a maximum of one half-ton-load per resident.

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